California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

Basics

Standard List of Material Categories and Types

The list of material types is organized by category and type. Originally, the list included 57 types, but was expanded in 2004. See the standard material type definitions for more information. These definitions provide a standard classification system to track the types of wastes being disposed statewide.

Category
   1. Type

Paper

  1. Uncoated Corrugated Cardboard
  2. Paper Bags
  3. Newspaper
  4. White Ledger
  5. Colored Ledger
  6. Computer Paper
  7. Other Office Paper
  8. Magazines and Catalogs
  9. Phone Books and Directories
  10. Other Miscellaneous Paper
  11. Remainder/Composite Paper

Glass

  1. Clear Glass Bottles and Containers
  2. Green Glass Bottles and Containers
  3. Brown Glass Bottles and Containers
  4. Other Colored Glass Bottles and Containers
  5. Flat Glass
  6. Remainder/Composite Glass

Metal

  1. Tin/Steel Cans
  2. Major Appliances
  3. Used Oil Filters
  4. Other Ferrous
  5. Aluminum Cans
  6. Other Nonferrous
  7. Remainder/Composite Metal

Electronics

  1. Brown Goods
  2. Computer-related Electronics
  3. Other Small Consumer Electronics
  4. Televisions and Other Items with CRTs

Plastic

  1. PETE Containers
  2. HDPE Containers
  3. Miscellaneous Plastic Containers
  4. Trash Bags
  5. Grocer and Other Merchandise Bags
  6. Non-Bag Commercial and Industrial Packaging Film
  7. Film Products
  8. Other Film
  9. Durable Plastic Items
  10. Remainder/Composite Plastic

Other Organic

  1. Food
  2. Leaves and Grass
  3. Prunings and Trimmings
  4. Branches and Stumps
  5. Agricultural Crop Residues
  6. Manures
  7. Textiles
  8. Carpet
  9. Remainder/Composite Organic

Construction and Demolition

  1. Concrete
  2. Asphalt Paving
  3. Asphalt Roofing
  4. Lumber
  5. Gypsum Board
  6. Rock, Soil, and Fines
  7. Remainder/Composite Construction and Demolition

Household Hazardous Waste

  1. Paint
  2. Vehicle and Equipment Fluids
  3. Used Oil
  4. Batteries
  5. Remainder/Composite Household Hazardous

Special Waste

  1. Ash
  2. Sewage Solids
  3. Industrial Sludge
  4. Treated Medical Waste
  5. Bulky Items
  6. Tires
  7. Remainder/Composite Special Waste

Mixed Residue

  1. Mixed Residue
 

Standard Material Type Definitions Basics

Last updated: October 27, 2006
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